Any auto collision is traumatic. However, when one of the vehicles is a large truck, the event is usually catastrophic. The weight and size of a commercial vehicle is no match for a much lighter, smaller car.
Seigel Law has helped injured clients throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton since 1976. Our firm focuses exclusively on personal injury recovery, so we can devote all of our resources and knowledge to helping you win the compensation you deserve for your truck collision.
Driving a commercial vehicle requires skill and alertness. Because of the potential adverse repercussions, drivers cannot afford to make a mistake. For this reason, federal and New Jersey laws strictly govern the operation of commercial vehicles — including tractor-trailers, delivery vans, construction equipment and passenger buses — and truck drivers must obtain a special commercial license.
In addition to the driver, trucking corporations are often found negligent in an car accident case. For example, you may have a cause of action against a driver who fled the scene of your crash — if the driver is later caught — and a valid claim against the trucking company that employed the hit-and-run driver.
In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented new hours and rest break regulations designed to reduce the dangers posed by driver fatigue. In most cases, drivers are limited to 70 hours in a workweek and are required to rest for at least 30 minutes during an eight-hour shift. They continue to be limited to 11 hours of driving and 14 hours of work each day.
Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents involving cars, motorcycles, trucks and other automobiles. However, because of the risk of catastrophic injuries, truck drivers have a more urgent responsibility to refrain from texting and cellphone use. The FMCSA forbids the use of handheld devices and texting while operating a commercial vehicle. Texting involves manually entering text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. Cellphone use involves:
Alcohol impairment affects a driver’s abilities, concentration and response time while behind the wheel. Whereas other motorists are considered drunk with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent, if the vehicle is categorized as commercial, the legal limit is.04 percent. Trucker drivers can be held criminally liable for a DUI and lose their commercial driver license (CDL) if convicted, in addition to civil liability.
Seigel Law concentrates exclusively on personal injury recovery. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our experienced attorneys. From our office in Ridgewood, we represent injured people in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey. We visit you in your home or at the hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our law office. You owe us no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for your injuries.
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By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018
I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.Read More
By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017
The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...Read More
By L C - October, 2017
After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.Read More
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By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017
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"The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.
"After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.
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